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Places to go in Yangon

Shwedagon Paya

After such a long time isolated from the outside, the floodgates of Myanmar, a country of 55 million, are gradually open to the outside world. Once having a chance to visit Myanmar, most travelers flock to Yangon (formerly Rangoon) – the largest city in Myanmar to take in its magnificent gold stupas sprouting to the sky and vast culture. Be among the first to spend time with the some of the most genuinely friendly locals on the planet and experience this magical place. Travel to Yangon with: Indochina tours Myanamar

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market- source: internet

Make it the almost-century old Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you can find slowly dying black market money exchanges, rows of rare gems and jewellery shops and a growing art scene and if you want to visit any markets in Yangon. Clean floors, semi-orderly shops and towering ceilings make for a pretty serene experience by Southeast Asia market standards, but nevertheless, for the best experience, go before the day heats up and enjoy several breaks.

Gem Museum and Mart

Comprising three floors of gem shops topped by a single-storey museum, Yangon’s Gem Museum and Mart is well worth a look to get a feel for how spacious Burma’s lands have proved to be. What is for sale here should keep bargain jewel hunters happy with some of the best prices in Yangon while the country’s largest ruby and sapphire has been transferred to the capital Naypyidaw. The museum is a fascinating, if kitsch, hour-long diversion. Myanmar travel tours

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

Inya Lake- source: internet

During your journey from the airport to downtown Yangon (Rangoon), paying attention to your surroundings and you can see rows of well-manicured gardens and colorful umbrellas. Hidden among them is the Inya Lake together with all that its 37 acres has to offer. Not only being the largest lake in Yangon, Inya Lake also hosts numerous restaurants and interesting activities making it a popular recreational area for Yangonites and a famous location for romance in popular culture giving tourists a worthy way to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Drug Elimination Museum

Drug Elimination Museum

Drug Elimination Museum- source: internet

Founded in 2001, the Drugs Elimination Museum in Yangon (Rangoon) is a strange must-visit museum for any travelers who are interested in the history of Myanmar’s drug wars. The exhibitions there traverse war scenes, artwork and political history of the horrors of drug-induced insanity. If your taxi driver finds it hard to find the location, let them know it is located just south of Junction Square, not far from the Pyay Road. With a modern shopping centre and large cinema situated in the Square, it holds all the ingredients for a day of shopping, food and a show.

Yangon art galleries

River Gallery II

River Gallery II – source: internet

With Burma’s (Myanmar’s) past isolation and complex history as their backdrops, the local artists in Yangon are teeming with life, and making their way to break through to the outside world. The galleries in the city are packed with gorgeous and engaging pieces; with so many travelers spending their time in Southeast Asia, it may be more often than not that art tends to be created for the buyers, rather than being an expression of the soul.

Rangoon Tea House

Rangoon Tea House

Rangoon Tea House- source: internet

Not only locally known, the stylishly designed hipster teahouse off Rangoon Tea House is also popular with travelers. It serves curries and biryanis, traditional Burmese cuisine as well as locally inspired cocktails. Samosas, tea-leaf salads, paratha (Indian-style bread) and bao, all the usual teahouse snacks are available – but in larger bigger portions (thus, the higher prices). And all the food here is less oily than that you can get elsewhere.

The drinks served there are equally good, with the Mandalay rum sour being especially potent. Cocktails’ price ranges from K6500, but during daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm, half-price. You just want a cup of tea? Just go for it. However, it will set you back K1500.

Shwedagon Paya

Shwedagon Paya

Shwedagon Paya- source: internet

Shwedagon Paya, where there is a 325ft zedi adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, together with thousands of diamonds and other gems, is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites in Yangon and is believed to enshrine relics of three former Buddhas as well as eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha. If you want tranquility, visit in the cool of dawn. If not, let’s pay your respects when the golden stupa flames carmine and burnt orange in the setting sun!

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